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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Southampton &c., Hampshire: [Hampton] 'river'; Southampton Water, mouths of the River Test and River Itchen, running into The Solent.
SU4_0_; sheet 196
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Southampton &c.
The Scituation
& convenience
of Hampton River
This Draught is incerted to shew the Noble and extensive convenience of those parts, just before spoken of, wth: Relation to Portsmouth Vizt.

Their Scituation respectively and their Shelter By the Island of Wight from St. Hellens point in the East to Hurst Castle in the West, accounted to be Eighteen Miles in Length.

The River of Southampton alone is very considerable, 'tis reckoned from Calshott Castle to the Town eight Miles distance of Good and even Soundings and sufficiently deep for any Shipp the flatt Ouze on each side is of large Demention, even and of small Declivity , soft and safe for any Body to rest on; In short whatever Hazard or inconvenience is to be feared of Rocky and Stony passages and Shoares or Sandy Shoales these offer no Danger.

At and about the Town during the late Warr severall Shipps of 80, 60 & 50 Guns have been Built and Launched and safely carryed to Portsmouth.

And for other particulars the annexed Draught will discover them.

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South Coast Harbours 1698
report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw

© Jean and Martin Norgate: 2002
with information courtesy of Hampshire CC Museums Service
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